Leon puts goal celebrations on hold

PUBLISHED: 00:59 14 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 14 September 2010

Leon McKenzie has decided to put his goal celebrations on hold - until Norwich City actually have something to celebrate.

Leon McKenzie has decided to put his goal celebrations on hold - until Norwich City actually have something to celebrate.

The 28-year-old striker, who clearly wears his heart on his sleeve in matches, is determined to temper his post-goal antics and instead will now simply trot back to the centre circle ready to go again.

“The one thing that I have said to myself is that if I score not to celebrate it,” revealed McKenzie, who is already well into his pre-season training regime with local boxing trainer Graham Everett putting him through his paces. “There's going to be no fancy celebrations, not until there is really something to celebrate.

“When we are doing well and have a good position in the league, then and only then, might I get a bit excited and let it out.”

He added: “I'll celebrate behind the scenes after the match for sure, because I love scoring goals, but not while there's serious business to be done.”

McKenzie's admits last season was a nightmare for him both injury-wise and personally off the pitch, but that is all behind him.

Now, the Canaries fans can look forward to having a fully fit and settled striker desperate to do well, tormenting defences and sweating blood to for the cause.

“I'm hungry to do well. This is a massive, massive season for me no doubt about that,” said McKenzie, whose contract runs out at the end of the season although the club does have an option on a further year.

“I have to say that I'm not into running during pre-season but I'll do whatever it takes to be ready for the start of the season,” added McKenzie, who recently got engaged to Spanish girlfriend Sofia Zerene.

“I'll work hard and hope to get picked,” said Mckenzie, who missed four months with an ankle injury and then managed to form a fledgling partnership with Robert Earnshaw towards the end of the season before a hip injury curtailed that too.

McKenzie is adamant that for the partnership to flourish then there needs to be someone as well as Darren Huckerby supplying the ammo from the flanks.

He declared: “I think we definitely need to sign someone to play on the right who can cross the ball like Hucks.

“If we can get behind teams and get balls into the box then I am sure that we will do some damage in this league.”

McKenzie is also advocating manager Nigel Worthington should sign a target man to play up front, but the added competition would not be a problem insists the striker.

“I think we need someone to hold the ball up and play people in,” he added. “I would not be worried if someone else did come in as I back myself every time.”

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